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Caspian J Intern Med 2022, 13(1): 122-126 Back to browse issues page
Knowledge and perception of hand hygiene: A survey using WHO standardized tools in Tehran, Iran
Seyed Ali Dehghan Manshadi , Mojtaba Sedaghat , Fatemeh Mohammadhashem , Mohammadreza Salehi , Esmaeil Mohammadnejad , Arash Seifi * , Arezoo Salami Khaneshan
Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , a-seifi@sina.tums.ac.ir
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Background: Proper hand hygiene is the most important action in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). In this study, the knowledge and perception of hand hygiene assessed among nurses as the most exposed personnel to patients.
Methods: In this analytical cross-sectional study, the nurses working in different wards of a collegiate tertiary hospital in Tehran were investigated by standardized WHO questionnaires.
Results: Of the 101 participating nurses 89 (88.1%) were females. 81 (80.2%) had received formal related training. The 69 respondents estimated the mean prevalence of HCAI to be 38.91% and 98 (97.1%) considered hand hygiene an effective prevention in this regard. 78 (77.3%) perceived hand hygiene as the center priority; 82, 83 and 79 of participants would think that good hand hygiene matters for their superiors, colleagues and patients, respectively. The practice of hand hygiene was stated to be difficult by 48 (47.5%) respondents. There was no significant difference in self-reporting of hand hygiene practice among nurses in age (P=0.68), the degree of education (P=0.574), work experience (P=0.64), nor their wards (P=0.131). There was a significant reverse relationship with the supposed difficulty level of doing hand hygiene (P=0.049). The mean score of the nurses' knowledge was 66.53 (±9.41) based on the answers to the questions of the knowledge questionnaire.
Conclusion: Knowledge and perception of hand hygiene, as this study showed, might not to be satisfactory; therefore, planning to improve these indicators and regular monitoring using standard tools is necessary for all healthcare centers.
Keywords: Hand hygiene, Knowledge, Perception, Cross infection
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Type of Study: Short Communication | Subject: Infectious Diseases
Received: 2021/01/1 | Accepted: 2021/04/5 | Published: 2022/01/10
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Dehghan Manshadi S A, Sedaghat M, Mohammadhashem F, Salehi M, Mohammadnejad E, Seifi A et al . Knowledge and perception of hand hygiene: A survey using WHO standardized tools in Tehran, Iran. Caspian J Intern Med. 2022; 13 (1) :122-126
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